This past Saturday 27-year old Jewish performer, Amy Winehouse, was found dead in her home in London. The cause of the Grammy award-winning singer’s death is still unconfirmed, but reports say it was likely due to a drug overdose.
As a public persona, Winehouse was known as much for her struggles with drug and alcohol addiction as she was for her powerhouse voice. Her breakout song in 2007, Rehab, touched heavily on the topic of addiction – and Winehouse herself checked in and out of rehab multiple times over the last few years. Her untimely death is a tragedy and she will be missed. In her memory, here are a few volunteer opportunities to help people facing drug and alcohol addiction:
- If you think someone you love is addicted to drugs, alcohol, or prescription pain killers, encourage them to get help – this guide offers helpful information for how to best go about confronting a friend or loved one about their potential abuse.
- Volunteer with an Alcohol Drug Help Line in your area – many of these organizations offer volunteer training programs.
- Volunteer with or donate to harm reduction centers that include needle exchanges and other programs that reduce harm to drug users.
- Volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters or a local after school program to make a healthy, positive impact in a child’s life.